Nov 1, 2013 11:00pm PDT
big fight over social security and medicare. top republicans are saying repeatedly that they will be glad to end the sequester, the across-the-board federal cuts that took place earlier this year, if democrats agree to future cuts in social security and medicare. how do you both think this is going to play out? >> well, president obama's indicated he's been willing to make cuts in both social security and medicare. but i think he needs something more in taxes than the republicans are prepared to give. so my guess is that you won't see that. but it does have me very concerned. these are openly on the table. and you look at the condition of today's elderly, i think you're really hard-pressed to say that they have too much money. i mean, for 40% of people over age 65, their social security check is more than 90% of their income. and these are checks that average a little over $1,200 a month. so to say that these people are doing so well, we should be looking to cut back their benefits or have them pay more for medicare, that to my mind seems 180 degrees wrong track. >>
Nov 8, 2013 11:00pm PST
of the people than anywhere else in the world. you know, we won a number of victories. social security, medicare, that made this a much better country. and in that sense, your question's absolutely right. this sense of capitalism having to dominate and being antithetical to democracy comes from the capitalists. it examines from they're saying, we don't work well in democracy. we need to basically have a really weak democracy, or what we call a "dollarocracy," for our system to function. it's clearly true that their world, the world we live in today -- and they've won, let's be clear -- their world is not one that works for the rest of us. and we're really in the classic moment we were in the progressive era, the new deal and the 1960s, where people have to come together and assert the popular power to say, we need policies in the governing system that works for us, not just for them. >> but don't you think that corporate america knows that both parties are up for sale? >> sure. i mean that's not -- i don't think that's a debatable point at this time. what we're really talking about is monopoly.
Nov 15, 2013 11:00pm PST
. for our government to be, both parties, to be looking to cut some medicare and medicaid at a time when people want to be strengthening those programs and actually taxing the rich and cutting back on the military, this is absolutely preposterous. so, it's wonderful that people are waking up to this and are ready. people have been ready for a long time. as we went into the last election, polls were showing that about half of eligible voters were not happy with either candidate. this is why the political system works so hard. one of my biggest wakeup moments in the political process was in my first campaign i was running for governor in massachusetts and there i was, suddenly in a debate. and saying just sort of the normal everyday things that we say to each other sitting around our dining room tables. and i found myself being voted the winner of the debate. and declared winner of the debate by many of the respectable news operations as well. and this light bulb went off in my head that we are not sort of the lunatic fringe that we are portrayed as. that we who long for democracy, justice